Sunday, March 09, 2003

On Philosophy
philosophy - philos, loving + sophia, wisdom

Psychology is speculation. It attempts to answer the immeasurable, unknown entities. Those which fall outside the realm of science. Frequently, the previously immeasurable entities become measurable and quantifiable with the growth of human knowledge. Here speculation disappears and science takes over.

By the way, most great scientists make lousy philosophers. Philosophy like any other discipline needs a great deal of work to master. So a good scientist does not become a good philospoher any more than a good plumber becoming a good philosopher.

Certain eternal questions like What is the purpose of it all ? What is 'Good' and 'Bad' are likely to lie forever in the field of philosophy.

Philosophers have been manfully wrestling with the following class of problems from time immemorial.

What is beauty? What is Art ? How do beauty and art relate to life ?

- What is knowledge? How does it originate ?Is knowledge infinite ? Is knowledge a creation of the senses? Are we living in a Age of Empires game ? Can I be certain of anything?

Ethics - How should we live ? Is there anything called 'Good or Evil ?"

Logic - Are thinking, language and reality understood logically ?

Metaphysics - What is Being? What is reality ? Is there such a thing as the 'real world'? What is it made of ? Are unobservable entities real ? Is there a God? Do we have free will? Do we have a soul? Do our lives or the universe have a meaning?

Political Philosophy - Are there Good and bad government ? Is there a difference between wars and terrorist acts? What is political freedom? What is Social justice? What is the individuals place in society?

Philosophy of Mind - What is a mind? How does it relate to the body ? What is ā€˜Iā€™ ? Is self-deception possible?


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